February in Review

Monday, February 28, 2011

February in Review

My free reading time is just around the corner.... I can feel my fingertips grazing the edge! Just need to write some thank you notes (to my internship supervisor and my internship professor whose class I was in about nine times in a row) and then tie up some small, loose ends and I will be all set!! I'll be staying on at my internship part-time in addition to my full-time job but I have no worries about being able to manage it all and still read a lot. This month I read six books, just under half of what I did last month. But remember, I sort of suspected I'd have a smaller month. And six is not bad! Only two of those were reviewed this month so there is more to look forward to next month!

As for this month, I started with an old psychological character study I'd had on my TBR for a while, Lying on the Couch by Irving Yalom. That was followed up with the memoir about the woman whose boyfriend gave her his kidney, Moonface by Angela Balcita. And as I sit here
and watch the Oscars co-hosted by James Franco (clearly I'm writing this post the night before you're reading this), I can say I also reviewed his book, Palo Alto, this month. That was an intense bunch of short stories! Next came a totally fascinating non-fiction, Gang Leader for a Day. I then wrote about a new website for e-books, Top Suspense Group. I had a giveaway for three winners to choose from one of four e-books. I never did pick those winners so I have done so now: Heather, Kimberly, and Michelle. (I will be sending you e-mails!)

The next book up was an old classic that I essentially read for the first time (not counting 7th grade since I didn't process it to my memory at all then), To Kill a Mockingbird. And for
Valentine's Day I reviewed a fun collection of how-they-met love stories in the best city in the world, Heart of the City: Nine Stories of Love and Serendipity on the Streets of New York. I let you all know about a fun event coming up, the UCF Orlando Book Festival, (Michelle, if you're reading this, I WILL e-mail you back!), and then reviewed a surprisingly fascinating, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot. The next two I thought were just alright, Triumph of the City by Edward Glaeser and The Devotion of Suspect X by Keigo Higashino. I followed that up with my first author/book spotlight for the UCF Orlando Book Festival, Christina Diaz Gonzalez's The Red Umbrella, and then I did a throwback for one of my favorite childhood books, Anne of Green Gables. And rounding it out for the month was Jodi Picoult's latest (coming out tomorrow), Sing You Home. Unfortunately, I didn't care for this one and came away slightly offended.

There's one book I'm excited to talk to you about in March. I just finished reading it and am working on the review, but it was a fantastic non-fiction. I've got two blog tours coming up as well, but other than that not much specific planned. We'll just see where it goes!


Creations by Laurel-Rain Snow said...

Wow! You did have a great month...I don't think I read that many when I was as busy as you are....

Thanks for sharing.

Whenever I see James Franco, I can't help but see him as this sadistic killer he portrays on General Hospital...he does have that "evil grin"...LOL

I thought the Oscars show was interesting last night, with the flashbacks to the olden days....

Trisha said...

Great way to recap the month!

Zibilee said...

It sounds like you had an excellent month in reading and that you really got a lot accomplished! I did not do so well again this month, and an trying to juggle a lot of things on my plate with varying success. I am looking forward to seeing what you've got up your sleeve this month though, and hope you have a great month of reading ahead!

Nana Fredua-Agyeman said...

I also had a poor month. Comparatively you are on the better side. Hope your anticipation for March leads you into good readings.

Mel (He Followed Me Home) said...

Whoa re you kidding, 6 is amazing!! Makes me feel like a slacker only having one job and reading 4 LOL

Meg said...

Woo! You had an awesome reading month. And yay for upcoming free reading time... I remember how much I looked forward to that when I was in college. I didn't even care if I had to work on breaks, vacations, etc. -- if I could read what I wanted, that was all the break I needed!

Michelle (Red Headed Book Child) said...

You had a great month Jenny! I've enjoyed reading your reviews so much!

Jenny said...

Laurel: hehe, I don't watch General Hospital, but I could see where he could play that part well!

Trisha: thanks!

Heather: Hopefully you're reading can pick up soon!

Nana: thanks!

Mel: LOL, my reading has increased a lot latley!

Meg: yup, if I'm not working or doing schoolwork, I'm most likely reading! If I can read through graduate school while working full-time, all those non-readers out there have no excuses, LOL!

Michelle: thanks!

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